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Microsoft, Google to sue US government

Aug 31 2013, 9:42am CDT | by IANS

Washington, Aug 31 (IANS) Technology firms Microsoft and Google are set to sue the US government to win the right to reveal more information about official requests for user data in the wake of revelations by Edward Snowden, the Guardian reported Saturday.

Washington, Aug 31 — Technology firms Microsoft and Google are set to sue the US government to win the right to reveal more information about official requests for user data in the wake of...

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Microsoft, Google to sue US government

Aug 31 2013, 9:42am CDT | by IANS

Washington, Aug 31 (IANS) Technology firms Microsoft and Google are set to sue the US government to win the right to reveal more information about official requests for user data in the wake of revelations by Edward Snowden, the Guardian reported Saturday.

Washington, Aug 31 — Technology firms Microsoft and Google are set to sue the US government to win the right to reveal more information about official requests for user data in the wake of revelations by Edward Snowden, the Guardian reported Saturday.

The companies announced the lawsuit Friday after talks with the justice department stalled.

This is expected to escalate a legal battle over the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (Fisa), which is used by the National Security Agency (NSA) and other US government agencies to gather data about foreign internet users.

Microsoft's general counsel, Brad Smith, made the announcement in a blog post that complained of the government's "continued unwillingness" to let it publish information about Fisa requests.

Both the firms filed suits in a US federal court in June, arguing that they be allowed to make public more information about user data requests made under FISA.

The tech giants cited the first amendment, which guarantees freedom of speech, to defend corporate reputations battered by Snowden's revelations.

"On six occasions in recent weeks we agreed with the department of justice to extend the government's deadline to reply to these lawsuits. We hoped that these discussions would lead to an agreement acceptable to all," Smith wrote.

The negotiations failed, he wrote, so Google and Microsoft were going to court. He did not specify when, or to which court.

Snowden, a former NSA whistleblower, gave documents to the Guardian and Washington Post revealing NSA claims about access to technology firms' data via its Prism system.

The companies denied the NSA had "direct access" to their systems but said they were legally unable to disclose how many times they have been asked to provide information on users.

Fisa requests are granted by a special court that sits in secret and can grant the NSA permission to collect data stored by any company about a named person. In 2012, the court granted 1,856 requests and turned none down.

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China puts Microsoft under official investigation

Jul 28 2014 4:33pm CDT | Source: Mac Daily News

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1 week ago

Snowden: Dropbox is 'hostile to privacy,' cloud needs zero knowledge

Jul 21 2014 1:04pm CDT | Source: MacNN

In an interview with The Guardian last week, Edward Snowden made it clear that he opposed cloud companies that had access to user data. He specifically pointed out Dropbox as being "hostile to privacy" for a number of reasons, including a board appointment of an ex-government offi ...
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2 weeks ago

Chinese state-run media smear campaign targets Apple iPhone

Jul 14 2014 12:01pm CDT | Source: Mac Daily News

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2 weeks ago

Apple shoots down Chinese accusation that ‘iPhone endangers national security,’ blasts Android

Jul 13 2014 7:26am CDT | Source: Mac Daily News

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2 weeks ago

Now Chinese state TV says iPhones are a threat to national security

Jul 11 2014 10:17am CDT | Source: GigaOm: Apple

This week’s installment in the popular series “Which U.S. technology will China and/or Russia demonize next?” stars Apple. According to reports in the Wall Street Journal and Reuters, Chinese state broadcaster CCTV has claimed that iPhones are a threat to national security because they track users. Previous China-themed episodes in this increasingly long-running series have guest-starred IBM (a threat to banks), Microsoft (a threat to national sec ...
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2 weeks ago

Chinese state TV calls iOS 7's Frequent Locations 'security concern'

Jul 11 2014 9:09am CDT | Source: MacNN

State-run China Central Television has called iOS 7's Frequent Locations function a "national security concern" in a noon broadcast, according to the Wall Street Journal. The report quoted researchers as saying that people with access to the underlying data could get a glimpse of the broader Chinese situation, or "even state secrets." Electronic security has become a sensitive topic for the Chinese government in the wake of leaks from Edward S ...
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2 weeks ago

Chinese state TV annoyed by NSA, takes it out on Apple

Jul 11 2014 8:48am CDT | Source: 9to5Mac

The WSJ reports that the state-run China Central TV has described the iPhone as a “national security concern” due to its location-tracking capabilities. In its national noon broadcast, state-run China Central Television criticized the “frequent locations” function in Apple’s iOS 7 mobile operating system, which tracks and records the time and location of the owner’s movements. The report quoted researchers who said that those with access to that d ...
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2 weeks ago

Chinese state-run media: Apple iPhone a danger to China national security

Jul 11 2014 7:43am CDT | Source: Mac Daily News

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6 weeks ago

Apple, EFF and AT&T back Microsoft’s campaign against US government warrants overseas

Jun 16 2014 1:01pm CDT | Source: Mac Daily News

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6 weeks ago

The U.S. NSA can still listen to your iPhone’s microphone when off; here’s the trick to beat it

Jun 10 2014 1:48pm CDT | Source: Mac Daily News

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